Procycling: Greg van Avermaet wins Paris-Roubaix: "Every small piece came together and that's why I won"

Paris-Roubaix is always an incredible race and you can't say this edition has been boring. Still it has been not as thrilling as other times. 
The big favourite won, many main contenders weren't at the start and some of them weren't at their top. 
The most interesting side of the race has been in my opinion the wonderful performance of the youths: Jaspers Stuyven and Gianni Moscon. Also, Daniel Oss' solo break.

Greg Van Avermaet:
"This is the maybe the race I would say I was not able to win. When I first came here I was so tired at the finish line, and it was not really what I was expected but I am so happy that I did it. I think everything went perfectly. For me the Olympics will always be my greatest win but now it's really nice to have a Monument too.
I was a bit afraid of Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep-Floors) because he was not working with us but then the sprint felt really good and I was really fast after this kind of long race. I was really confident in my sprint because I have sprinted several times from a small group. At the end of a hard race I'm always one of the fastest guys. I went onto the track with the thought that I was going to win. I'm really happy to win my first Monument because I have had to wait a really long time to finally get on the big spot of the podium.
I had a little bit of bad luck before the Arenberg but the team really did a good job and everyone was in a good spot for me. I think Daniel Oss in the end did a really good job to put me in the best spot. I think every small piece came together and that's why I won. I felt really strong at the end and I was believing in myself and my chances and I was really happy that I could finish it off in the sprint.
For sure I'm happy that I am now in this position. I tried for so many years to sit in this spot at these kind of races. I always believed that I could do it but you also need the results. When you win, you get more confident and the team gets more confident. It's nice to win on the last day of Tom Boonen. I was looking last night at Wikipedia at Tom's results and his career is so impressive. He won four times here and it's to be part of his last race."

Daniel Oss:
"I feel like a winner. We planned last night what we can do, and what I can do and that was to anticipate the leaders. I knew that Greg was back there with the leaders so I tried to stay with a gap as much as possible. When I heard it was 10 seconds I waited for Greg and then did my last effort and then kept going until the end. The result couldn't have been better."

Zdenek Stybar:
“We supported Tom today. We wanted to give 100% for him, because he deserved that, and even when he was in the chasing group I was still hoping he was going to come back. Only when we got news of him being around 40 seconds behind I started thinking of my chances. All the guys did a wonderful job, taking the initiative and controlling the race from the very beginning, and I assure you it wasn’t easy today, as we went full gas from kilometer zero and all the teams made their strategy around us.
It’s disappointing to finish runner-up, but on the bright side I can be happy with the way I rode and with giving everything today. At one point I had cramps and thought my race was over, but I remained focused and made it to the velodrome. Ok, maybe I could have waited 50 meters more before opening my sprint, but Roubaix is always a bit of a gamble. It’s a pity I couldn’t get my first Monument victory, but this is just my fifth full road season and I’m confident there will be other opportunities

Tom Boonen:
“Last few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions, but I’m telling you that I wouldn’t have imagined such incredible moments this morning. These fans are fantastic and I want to thank them for being by my side in the past 15 years. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking of my retirement today, I was all in for the victory. It was only at the 5 km-to-go mark that I began thinking these are the last kilometers of my career."

Sebastian Langeveld:
“The race was full-on the whole day. There was not a moment that the peloton stopped, so it was a really fast edition of Paris-Roubaix. There were a lot of tired riders already with 50, 60 kilometers to race. For sure I was also tired, but I knew I had good legs.
I had one bad moment in the race, I don’t know what sector, where I had a flat tire. I was almost out of the race, but I came back and I saw a lot of tired people. That’s when I believed and from there it was race on. I attacked to get into the breakaway. I got a couple good people with me. I attacked again on Carrefour. It was man-against-man there.
It’s a special sprint. I’m not a track rider. A couple years ago, I came into the velodrome for second place, and it was special then. Now too. Greg Van Avermaet is the Olympic champion and a really fast guy. Stybar is always really, really good and he was sitting on for a couple kilometers. Third place was my spot today, and I’m very, very happy.
Don’t forget that I’ve never won a monument. I won Het Nieuwsblad, but…. I was seventh, eighth in Roubiax. A podium for me is a really high, really top result.
The last two years, I was never 100 percent for the Classics, and in the Tour de France, I had to abandon the last two years with illness. At some point, it is enough. This year, I was riding on a really, really high level, and it didn’t come through in the results until today. I’m very, very happy and very, very proud.”

Jasper Stuyven:
"I enjoyed today; I really like this race. It was very dusty, but the conditions didn't bother me. I am happy with the fourth, happy to finish the classics season with a good result. The last weeks have not been so great, disappointing for me and the team. It does not save my Classics season, but it was a nice reward. For the future, my goal has not changed: I want to try and win this race once. Today was a really fast race, and we were always good; in good position. Katusha made some accelerations on the early sectors and made the peloton split pretty fast. I think after Arenberg we still had a lot of our guys in the front and we made some action. It was a good moment to split the field and a good timing to go with Sagan and Bodnar. Sagan flatted and of course Bodnar waited, leaving me and Oss. 
You always spend energy in a break, but we were not killing each other, we just made a good tempo. If you look back on that, I think it was smart, because after that it was tailwind. We rode together until after Mons-en-Pévèle.
Three guys came up and then the chasing group came back. Then there were a lot of attacks – I followed some, and then I went again. On the Carrefour [de l'Arbre], I was hoping with the headwind I could maybe close it but the 20 meters after the Carrefour became 50, and the 50 became 100… I was with Moscon, and we rode together. He is also young – I think younger than me – so for him, it was also a great result. We knew we had to give it allOn the track, we came back, but they had slowed down looking at each other, so it means they had a lot of time to recover. You could feel that in the sprint me and Moscon were completely dead and they just launched away from us."

John Degenkolb:
"Katusha tried to make it really hard from the beginning, and then we opened the race after the Arenberg, and it worked out quite good. From this moment on Jasper was in the front group. Of course, they came back, it was always changing, but we were always in the front group, except for after the Carrefour de l'Arbre."

Koen de Kort:
"I punctured going into the first sectors, chased, got caught behind crashes, and finally got back when I made a small mistake and almost crashed. I rode into a field and had to get off my bike to get a back on the road and then had to chase for two sectors again. After I had got back, I went into the Mons-en-Pévèle first, with Edward and John on my wheel, I think that was a pretty crucial point. In the end, I did what I could for John – and I guess Jasper too, although I never did see him in the race! We ended with three guys in the top 10, and that is not too bad I would say. I think we can be pretty proud of this team effort. The other guys too, everyone did his fair share of the work, Mads [Pedersen] and Matthias [Brändle] in the beginning, and later Boy was there for a really long time."

Edward Theuns:
"We were grouped as a team riding in the front and two sectors after the forest [Trouée d'Arenberg] we wanted to go, and we opened it up there. We did a great race: Three guys in the top 10 is good, but when you have three guys there, it's a shame that you cannot be on the podium. I didn't feel my back today. I was a bit scared about it because the last week and a half it was a bit worse than before, but we have a great bike for the cobbles, and I had the right pressure in my tires. I am super, super happy: nine months after my crash and I finish in the top 10 in Paris-Roubaix!  Even last year before the crash in the Tour, I would be surprised to finish in the top 10 here. I thought the big Classics of Flanders and Roubaix are a little too hard for me. I worked really hard for this; I have felt I have made a big step forward and I am happy that I could be there in a big Monument."

1 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 5:41:07
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
3 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
5 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
6 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 0:00:12
7 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
8 Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
9 Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie
10 John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
11 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica-Scott
12 Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
13 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
14 Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
15 Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team
16 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
17 Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
18 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie
20 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
21 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
22 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:20
23 Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:26
24 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Soudal 0:00:36
25 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:02:24
26 Marco Marcato (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
27 Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
28 Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
29 Koen De Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
30 Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
31 Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale
32 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Sunweb
33 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
34 Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
35 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:01
36 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data 0:03:30
37 Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:03:45
38 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:05:12
39 Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:44
40 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 0:07:12
41 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar Team 0:09:41
42 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac
43 Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ
44 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
45 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
46 Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
47 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
48 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Katusha-Alpecin
49 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Sunweb
50 Ryan Mullen (Irl) Cannondale-Drapac
51 Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
52 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
53 Scott Thwaites (GBr) Dimension Data
54 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
55 Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
56 Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing Team
57 Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
58 Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ
59 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky
60 Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team
61 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
62 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek-Segafredo
63 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
65 Tom Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
66 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team
67 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-Scott
68 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
69 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
70 William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
71 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Sunweb
72 Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
73 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
74 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team
75 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
76 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin
77 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:09:48
78 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:09:53
79 Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise 0:09:55
80 Wesley Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
81 Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
82 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
83 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-Scott 0:14:06
84 Marc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ
85 Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:18:28
86 Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
87 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin
88 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
89 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
90 Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:20:44
91 Mitch Docker (Aus) Orica-Scott
92 Truls Korsaeth (Nor) Astana Pro Team
93 David Per (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
94 Amund Grondahl Jansen (Nor) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
95 Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo
96 Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin
97 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data
98 Julien Vermote (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
99 Matti Breschel (Den) Astana Pro Team
100 Boris Vallee (Bel) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
101 Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:20:50
102 Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) Dimension Data 0:27:12
OTL Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 0:30:49
OTL Jonas Rickaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
OTL Ion Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
OTL Tyler Farrar (USA) Dimension Data
OTL Patrick Bevin (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac 0:32:06
OTL Borut Bozic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 0:32:19
OTL Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky 0:33:44
OTL Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
OTL Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
OTL Erwann Corbel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
OTL Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:34:01
OTL Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:34:17
OTL Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept 0:34:28
OTL Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:34:30
OTL Brian Van Goethem (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 0:38:49
OTL Romain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie
OTL Taco Van Der Hoorn (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
OTL Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:45:19
OTL Jonathan Dibben (GBr) Team Sky 0:46:45
DNF Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott
DNF Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-Scott
DNF Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
DNF Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
DNF Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors
DNF Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
DNF Lukasz Wisniowski (Pol) Team Sky
DNF Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac
DNF Nick Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
DNF Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
DNF Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal
DNF Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
DNF Martin Elmiger (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team
DNF Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team
DNF Lars Boom (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Team LottNl-Jumbo
DNF Robert Wagner (Ger) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
DNF Nuno Matos (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Héctor Carretero (Spa) Movistar Team
DNF Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
DNF Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) FDJ
DNF Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
DNF Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) FDJ
DNF Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
DNF Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Tony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie
DNF Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Rudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
DNF Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Zico Waeytens (Bel) Team Sunweb
DNF Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Sunweb
DNF Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Michael Morkov (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
DNF Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
DNF Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Stijn Steels (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
DNF Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Riccardo Minali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
DNF Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
DNF Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
DNF Maxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
DNF Jesper Asselman (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Andre Looij (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Elmar Reinders (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
DNF Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Meiyin Wang (Chn) Bahrain-Merida
DNF Sacha Modolo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Matteo Bono (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Andrea Guardini (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Marko Kump (Slo) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Oliviero Troia (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Federico Zurlo (Ita) Team UAE Emirates
DNF Yannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Mikel Aristi (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Benjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Martin Laas (Est) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Evaldas Siskevicius (Ltu) Delko Marseille Provence KTM
DNF Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Delko Marseille Provence KTM

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